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Canhau is a great city, having plenty of frankincense, and carrying on a great trade in horses.  In Cambaia is much indigo, buckram, and cotton.  Semenath or Sebeleth, is a kingdom of idolaters, who are very good people, and greatly occupied in trade.  Resmacoran is a great kingdom of idolaters and Saracens, and is the last province towards the north in the Greater India.  Near this there are said to be two islands, one inhabited by men and the other by women; the men visiting their wives only during the months of March, April, and May, and then returning to their own island; and it is reported, that the air of that country, admits of no other procedure.  The women keep their sons till twelve years old, and then send them to their fathers.  These people are Christians, having a bishop, who is subject to the archbishop of Socotora; they are good fishermen, and have great store of amber.  The archbishop of Socotora[8] is not subject to the Pope, but to a prelate called Zatulia, who resides at Bagdat.  The people of Socotora are said to be great enchanters, though excommunicated for the practice by their prelate, and are reported to raise contrary winds to bring back the ships of those who have wronged them, that they may obtain satisfaction.

[1] Muis in the Trevigi edition, according to Pinkerton, and which, he
    says, is 10OO miles, instead of the 500 in the text.  This certainly
    refers to Golconda.  The districts of India have been continually
    changing their names with changes of dominion; and one or other of
    these names given by Marco to the diamond country, may at one time
    have been the designation of some town or district at the mines—­E.

[2] One would suppose we were here reading a fragment of the adventures of
    Sinbad the sailor, from the Arabian Nights.  But on this and a few
    other similar occasions in the narrative of Marco, it is always proper
    to notice carefully what he says on his own knowledge, and what he
    only gives on the report of others.—­E.

[3] This obscure expression seems to imply, that Aster was one of the four
    kings in Moabar, or the Carnatic.—­E.

[4] Now called Betel, and still universally used in India in the same
    manner.—­E

[5] Coulam may possibly be Cochin or Calicut, on the Malabar coast as being
    south-west from Moabar or Coromandel, and having Jews and Christians;
    as the original trade from the Red Sea to India was on this coast.—­E.

[6] Camari or Comati, and Delai or Orbai, are obviously the names of towns
    and districts on the Malabar coast going north from Coulain.  Yet
    Comari may refer to the country about Cape Comorin.—­E.

[7] According to Pinkerton, these are called Melibar and Gesurach in the
    Trevigi edition, and he is disposed to consider the last as indicating
    Geriach, because of the pirates.  But there seems no necessity for that
    nicety, as all the north-western coast of India has always been
    addicted to maritime plunder or piracy.—­E.

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